Nelson Talks Latest Visit to Rutgers

Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derrick Nelson was one of many verbal commitments to attend the Rutgers Homecoming victory over Navy. Nelson, who verbally committed in July after earning an offer earlier in the summer, spoke with about his weekend trip to Piscataway.

Derrick Nelson picked the right time to show up to High Point Solutions Stadium for his Saturday unofficial visit to Rutgers.

The Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) guard, who verbally committed to Rutgers this summer, arrived at the turn of the fourth quarter with Rutgers trailing Navy by three points.

By the time Nelson took his seat, Rutgers was in the lead after Gary Nova's second touchdown pass en route to a 21-20 Homecoming victory.

"It was a great visit," said Nelson, who took a brief trip to Rutgers from his Washington, D.C. "After the game I got to talk with some of my future coaches, which was cool. Especially since they won, it was a good trip."

Nelson did not spend as much time as he would have liked around the team after the game — he had to catch a bus home — but said he enjoyed seeing offensive line coach Kyle Flood and his recruiter, P.J. Fleck.

"I spent as much time as I could when them afterwords," Nelson said. "I was only there for a little while, but I was really happy to talk to both of them. My recruiting coach and my position coach, that's important."

Nelson and fellow verbal commit Brandon Arcidiacono, who both project as interior offensive linemen, were treated to one of the better performances of the year by the Rutgers offensive line.

Red-shirt freshman running back Jawan Jamison ran for 100 yards for the first time in his career and the offensive line surrendered just one sack.

"That was great," Nelson said. "Those are some strong guys and I really hope I can play with them next year. But if I red-shirt, I understand. Offensive line is a tough position in college. I know I'm going to have a lot to learn if I play or not."

Nelson said he did not have time to meet with any of his future teammates, but that he continues to build a relationship with true freshman running back Savon Huggins.

"That's one guy I'm really excited to play with the next few seasons," Nelson said. "He's so unbelievably talented and I know that when we run the ball, I can just pancake my guy and he's gone for a touchdown."

Nelson remains focused on his senior season, where his team is 3-3 and fighting for a playoff spot, and making sure everything is order for him to enroll at Rutgers next year. He looks forward to taking his official visit after the season ends and remains a solid verbal commitment.

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